4 reasons diversity could be harmful to workplace

4 reasons diversity could be harmful to workplace

In another article, we discussed how should we see diversity in order to achieve a better future of the workplace. Let's forget all the hype, in this new writing, we want to discuss the potential risks it could bring and how we could overcome them to make diversity really work

Right People Are Your Most Important Assets

Right People Are Your Most Important Assets

Success comes through ‘right’ people. The old adage “People are your most important asset” is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are

Redefine diversity for a better future of work

Redefine diversity for a better future of work

Diversity in the workplace is not something new. In fact, it has been around for decades. A survey by CEB global in 2012 shown that 77% of executives strongly support diversity initiatives. Unfortunately, only 40% of employees surveyed felt like their organizations are truly diverse and inclusive. What makes the gap so big? I hope my article can give a clear answer.

Role of a coach

Role of a coach

A coach is a facilitator empowering the client to achieve personal and or professional goals, with the ability to be fluid and present in the moment (in mind body and spirit). Coaching, thus creates a synergy between a coach and the client. This synergy acts as a catalyst propelling a powerful interaction that is creative and thought provoking with potential for desired change.

Communication is a process

Communication is a process

Communication is a process. When writing or speaking to others, communicators have specific goals: to solve problems, provide new information, or persuade others to take action.  In this process, there is a sender, receiver(s), and the message.  Senders’ choices can create understanding or confusion.  How does your communication leave your audience – ready for action, or completely baffled?

THE POWER OF NETWORKING

THE POWER OF NETWORKING

This is a story about the power of networking. It was a sunny Thursday in the city of Helsinki. I had spent the whole last night crafting a sign for my stand that I will have at the Boost Your Business Event. This was the first time I represented my company Zakisome publicly. Officially I didn’t even have a company at that time. But I had a business idea and a plan to start a company that does social media marketing.

A digital workplace - the future of work

A digital workplace - the future of work

When I started working at Panda a few months earlier, back in 2016, I would never have thought that my work experience would seem like a reality closer to a future scenario. With offices in 2 locations, a team of 12 people from 6 different nationalities and myself remotely working from a third location, I couldn’t really imagine what this work reality would be like and mostly what it would feel like.

4 corporate training trends to watch for in 2017 (Infographic)

4 corporate training trends to watch for in 2017 (Infographic)

Corporate training has changed greatly during the past few years and is expected to welcome more changes in the future. So what to expect in 2017? We have found some of the most important trends in the field that you need to keep track of. 

Fueling Success Through Recognition

Fueling Success Through Recognition

Recognition has been shown to lower turnover, increase productivity, enhance teamwork and improve customer service. Unfortunately, recognition is often lacking in the workplace.

Common barriers include a perceived lack of time to provide recognition, a lack of money to spend on a recognition program, a lack of awareness of the research demonstrating the effectiveness of recognition, a lack of understanding of the need for recognition and a lack of skill in providing recognition.  Here are some ways to overcome these barriers:

The 9 latest trends in HR

The 9 latest trends in HR

Interviewing trainers that are signing up for Panda the last few months, has definitely been a learning experience for us at Panda. Being able to interact with so many professionals in the field of learning and development and corporate education from all over the world has been fascinating. One very fulfilling part of what we do is talking with people that have been working years in pushing the training industry in their country forward.

Sometimes interviews lead to very interesting conversations and outcomes. Like the interview we had a few weeks ago with Romesh Raina, a professional trainer from India. The conversation turned out so interesting that we decided to publish some of his points about future trends in Human Resources and Talent Management in this blog post.

In order to sell to others, you have to sell to yourself first.

In order to sell to others, you have to sell to yourself first.

You want to succeed in sales and you try every day to get better. You set goals and try to follow a schedule. You read various articles and sometimes you attend seminars about sales. That's all really good, but if after these things, you haven't reached the point you desire, is there something else going wrong?

What Makes a Diversity Training Program Successful?

What Makes a Diversity Training Program Successful?

Although many people have had negative experiences with diversity training, I know that there are a number of successful programs out there. I am interested in learning more about what others have found useful when helping people work effectively across differences.

Futures Thinking: a single skill that will Transform Us

Futures Thinking: a single skill that will Transform Us

It used to be a skill of CEOs. It used to be the cherry on top. Something that differentiated the Great from the good. Now it’s the upcoming reality for everyone. It is not the cherry, it is the cake. Something that will differentiate the good from the below average.

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics & Computer Graphics

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics & Computer Graphics

Dr. Teresa Larsen is a scientist and data visualization training expert. She’s passionate about turning data and information into knowledge and intelligence. For her, visualization is a process of turning raw data into something people can understand and make use of. Check her full TEDx talk here

SOCIAL INFLUENCE HOW TO

SOCIAL INFLUENCE HOW TO

My adventure with Social Influence started back in 2000 when I was the On Premise Channels Manager for Coca-Cola, and clients started asking me to sponsor 5.000 Eur DJs. The led me to investigate the why of a particular DJ, and sub-consequently to take a DJ course, become an International DJ - playing at Supperclub during the Amsterdam Dance Event, or at La Terrrazza in Barcelona to name a few -, and finally make a business out of that knowledge - designing and launching the Ballantine's Finest Clubbin Season in Portugal.

The key factor as a DJ is to "bring customers though the door". The challenge being how do you do that? You need to build your brand at the club, and in the public opinion. But again, the question is HOW?

What could save your startup from dying

What could save your startup from dying

In my encounter with tens of Panda’s trainers, coaches and consultants the last few months I’ve been told by many the same thing: “Startups have the passion but they lack the business processes and expertise.

That is one major reason why only 50% make it to 4 years, 10% are considered real success, while only really few make a breakthrough.

Of course, there are other factors, but considering that some major factors are the ones mentioned above, what is it that training and external expertise can actually offer to startups?

 

How Liquid Workforce will Change the Training Industry

How Liquid Workforce will Change the Training Industry

There is a trend nowadays, which spreads like a virus among industries. It allows companies to be flexible in hiring and firing, to adjust their workforce base according to the needs in a specific period of time, and increase their performance significantly. Yet, most of us don’t see it coming. The reason for that might be connected to the fact that the trend is growing exponentially: we can’t see it until it’s too late.

 

A learning culture is a winning culture

A learning culture is a winning culture

No matter in which industry you are, your employees have the potential to drive your business to a totally different level and what matters the most is how to fuel them with knowledge and ambition to do so. Learning is the answer.